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West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship, offers high quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU is located in Morgantown, West Virginia, has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America, with divisional campuses in Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Montgomery. WVU is a Research University (High Research Activity) and ranks among the top 100 public universities in the nation, including a top 15 ranking in most affordable tuition for out-of-state students. WVU offers 184 degrees throughout the 15 colleges and schools within the university. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy, and forensics. There are more than 32,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide who are pioneering, passionate, innovative, tireless and caring.
In its continued commitment to its students, faculty, staff and community, West Virginia University has established a Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Our Division works with all communities on our campus to ensure a safe and inclusive environment, based on the belief that all students and employees, regardless of their backgrounds, race, sexual orientation or religious preference, deserve to benefit from a diverse learning environment.
A heterogeneous campus is one that allows each person a forum for their voice. It is with the collection of these voices and our differences that our students, faculty and staff can learn and be at the forefront of applicable solutions regarding the current political and social climate of our region, country and world. The diversity which our students and faculty represent to one another, is as crucial to their education as the lectures they attend and the books they read. It is there that they develop the empathetic lens for which to understand the world around them. This Division works toward making our community inclusive, as well as to give our students the tools to foster inclusiveness in their own communities and beyond.
It is our goal within the Division to exemplify the principles of social justice including the moral and legal obligation of promoting: opportunity, equality, civility, accessibility, and respect for all people. It is not only important to abide by legal mandates, but to foster a community in which minorities can thrive. The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion acts both as an ambassador and an actor for the university and West Virginia, by using its vision to communicate, teach, and promote the principles of social justice, as well as protect and ensure the legal standards related to civil rights and affirmative action.
We are the first stop for many: whether an international student arriving on campus for the first time; a faculty member seeking mediation information and services; a student seeking accommodation for her/his disability, who is unsure of where to go for help; or a university department seeking leadership for education, promotion, and awareness.
West Virginia University understands that meeting the needs of today's professional couples is a critical factor in recruiting and retaining new faculty and senior staff. Many prospective and newly hired faculty and staff candidates at WVU have spouses/partners who are also pursuing employment in the surrounding community. The Dual Career Program strives to provide a high level of support to couples and their families as they consider faculty and senior staff appointment opportunities within WVU.
Attract and retain first-rate dual career couples to the West Virginia University campus and to Morgantown, WV
Enrich WVU's commitment to diversity, inclusion and talent retention
Provide customized assistance and support to new and currently recruited faculty and senior staff spouses/partners (and the spouses/partners of key retention positions) in their job search efforts
Deliver tailored information and resources towards relocating into the Morgantown community
Engage employers of Monongalia County and the surrounding area to build networking and employment opportunities for our Dual Career clients
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Pioneering. Like the resourceful poeple who first settled West Virginia's hills, we fing creative solutions and blaze trails to new discoveries.
Passionate. It's often said that our fans bleed gold and blue, but that die-hard passion isn't confined to sports. Whether it's academics, athletics, or community service, we are known for our unwavering enthusiasm and school spirit.
Innovative. From protecting the soil beneath our feet to the search for millisecond pulsars in deep space, our faculty, students, and alumni pursue innovation everywhere.
Tireless. Mountaineers never back down from a challenge, no matter how insumountable it may seem. We don't mind being the underdog. In fact, we rather like it.
Caring. Serving the state of West Virginia - and the world - is at the core of our mission. The benefits of WVU Extension, healthcare, and service programs are seen in every county in the state.
By 2020, West Virginia University will attain national research prominence, thereby enhancing educational achievement, global engagement, diversity, and the vitality and well-being of the people of West Virginia.
As a land-grant institution in the 21st century, West Virginia University will deliver high-quality education, excel in discovery and innovation, model a culture of diversity and inclusion, promote health and vitality, and build pathways for the exchange of knowledge and opportunity between the state, the nation, and the world.
1. Engage undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in a challenging academic environment.
2. Excel in research, creative activity, and innovation in all disciplines.
3. Foster diversity and an inclusive culture.
4. Advance international activity and global engagement.
5. Enhance the well-being and the quality of life of the people of West Virginia.